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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is an international organization that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates to “let there be bread”. It was founded on 16 October 1945. The FAO is composed of 195 members

Programme Assistant (Multiple Positions)

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is the specialized agency of the United Nations for food, nutrition, agriculture, and forestry. FAO’s global vision is for a world free from hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all, especially the poorest, in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives.

The mission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is to work to eradicate hunger and promote global food security together with balanced and complete nutrition. Our mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

The main aim of the FAO country offices that are headed by a FAO Representative, is to assist the Government to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

FAO Representation in Ethiopia (FRETH) is co-located on the premises of the FAO Sub regional Office for Eastern Africa.

Job Posting: 22/Dec/2022Closure Date: 05/Jan/2023, 11:59:00 PMOrganizational Unit: FRETHJob Type : Non-staff opportunitiesType of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)Grade Level: N/APrimary Location : Ethiopia-Addis AbabaDuration: 6 Months with possibility of extensionPost Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal deviceFAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and cultureQualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to applyEveryone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s valuesFAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discriminationAll selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checksAll applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The position is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Reporting Lines

The Programme Assistant works under the overall guidance of the Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa or the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Ethiopia and the direct supervision of one or more Officers as assigned.

Technical Focus

To provide information and operational support for programmes and projects of the FAO Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa (SFE) and FAO Representation in Ethiopia (FRETH).

Tasks and responsibilities

The incumbent will carry out the following duties:    Collect and prepare data and background information in the areas of FAO activities (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, rural / sustainable development) in accordance with instructions received; edit the information in appropriate format;

•    Provide support to the preparation of technical programme work and travel plans; follow up the implementation of activities to ensure that they are carried out in line with the work and travel plans; review inputs, expenditures and time frames, liaising with supervisor for necessary action, as required;

•    Enter data and other information in corporate databases (i.e. PIRES, FPMIS); analyse and summarize data from various sources, including FAO corporate systems, such as COIN, iMIS, FPMIS, Data Warehouse (iMIS), country databases, etc.;

•    Collect and compile data to assist in determining the availability of funds under SFE technical programmes to support a variety of procurement requirements, before submission of requests for administrative processing, ensuring that budget charge codes are indicated on requests;

•    Provide support to the preparation of draft Letters of Agreements (LoA) funded from SFE technical programme budgets; ensure that required supporting documents are prepared;

•    Assist in the monitoring of project budgets through regular review of transaction listing on a monthly basis; FPMIS, IMIS reports) to ensure timely project delivery;

•    Provide support to the organization of workshops/meetings and events funded from the SFE technical programme budgets, as required;

•    Based on approved travel plans, prepare travel authorization (TA) requests on behalf of supervisor and visiting missions or experts to SFE for local and international travels (through GRMS),  as may be required, and follow up for timely approval; prepare payment requests for local travel advances; and follow up receipt of security clearance to allow for the timely submission of TAs;

•    Obtain travel bookings from authorized travel agencies, following FAO travel guidelines on route and cabin class;

•    Arrange for hotel bookings, as may be requested, for visiting missions or experts to SFE;

•    Follow up the receipt of travel claims (international and local) from supervisor and submit TECs for processing; follow up receipt of back-to-office reports (BTOR) to support travel claims;

•    Follow up the preparation and submission of technical support services claim for backstopping support provided by supervisor to projects; ensure that BTOR is prepared and submitted for the technical support service provided;

•    Prepare personnel processing request (EPPR) in GRMS for the recruitment of consultants (first hire, rehire or extension) under technical programme budgets and submit approval; ensure that Terms of Reference is received for the assignment and attached to all personnel processing requests;

•    Prepare procurement requests for technical programme inputs (including workshop/meetings facilities and supplies) in GRMS, ensuring that specifications of goods or services are clearly defined on procurement requisition form, and submit to Administration (procurement office) for processing;

•    Prepare various payment requests for goods and/or services received and submit to Administration (accounts payable office) for processing; ensure that complete and relevant supporting documents are attached;

•    Prepare petty cash requests (within the petty cash expenditure limit) and submit to petty cash custodian for processing;

•    Prepare background materials, working papers and tables for briefings, review sessions and meetings;

•    Maintain the files for tasks assigned (approved TAs, Purchase Orders, Contracts, BTOR, etc.);

•    Draft correspondence, documents, reports, etc. related to assigned duties;

•    Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Completion of secondary school education preferably supplemented by technical courses in a field related to the work under this assignment and FAO’s program activities.

•    Four years of clerical and/or programme experience, including analysing, processing and editing of information and data and record keeping. UN experience is an advantage.

•    Working knowledge of English and local language of Amharic.

•    Being a national of Ethiopia.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus

•    Teamwork

•    Communication

•    Building Effective Relationships and client service orientation

•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops

•    Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office.

•    A cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment needed. Tact, courtesy and a high level of trustworthiness are essential personal attributes; approach to work assignments; analytical ability, accuracy and consistency

Selection Criteria

Academic qualifications;

•    Extent and relevance of work experience;

•    Speaking and writing skills.

•    Strong communication (oral and written, English and local language, Amharic) and interpersonal skills.


FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.orgApplications received after the closing date will not be acceptedPlease note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skillsCandidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profileOnce your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your applicationCandidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications Incomplete applications will not be consideredPersonal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application.If you need help, or have queries, please contact:

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